Posted by: Kat H | May 7, 2014

Fabric-a-brac creations

Hey there everyone. Are you ready to see some more gorgeous things that people have made using Fabric-a-brac finds? Here we go! Click on the images or the links to head to the creator’s blog posts to find out more details about their creations.

Flossie FT made this gorgeous floral version of the famous Walkaway dress using a floral curtain (!!) she found at Fabric-a-brac.





Two Random Words used this red and black knit she found at Fabric-a-brac to make up the new Colette Moneta dress.



Modern Vintage Cupcakes went all New Zealand-sourced and made up Papercut’s La Sylphide peplum top in a ladybird cotton found at Fabric-a-brac. (For those who don’t know Papercut patterns, they’re an indie pattern company based in Nelson.)



Oh My Hat used this gorgeous owl fabric she found at Fabric-a-brac to make up the Staple Dress by April Rhodes.



Laulipop NZ was doing a bit of procrastinating and decided to make up a new bag, using some grey fabric from Fabric-a-brac for the lining. (Seems like pretty constructive procrastination, doesn’t it?!)



The Dreamstress rounds out today’s Fabric-a-brac creations list, with a smock made from a Fabric-a-brac find, and a lovely fairy story told through photography and her blog post.



Have you made something using fabric (or notions or a pattern or…) that you found at Fabric-a-brac? We’d love to see it! Email macska at gmail dot com with either a link to a blog post about your creation or a photo and details of what you made (if you don’t have a blog) and we’ll include it in a future Fabric-a-brac creations round-up.

Posted by: Kat H | March 6, 2014

Fabric-a-brac creations

Hey there folks! Guess what? It’s time for another show-and-tell of pretty things you’ve all made from purchases at Fabric-a-brac!

Are you ready? Here goes….

Spotty Not Quite Nautical dress - The Dreamstress

Spotty Not Quite Nautical dress – The Dreamstress

This rather stunning 1930’s style spotted dress, from The Dreamstress, was made using blue-and-white spotted rayon from Fabric-a-brac.

Home Sewn Icebreaker Jacket - Sewing Down Under

Home Sewn Icebreaker Jacket – Sewing Down Under

For those colder days, here’s a cozy Icebreaker-style jacket, made by Sewing Down Under using merino from Fabric-a-brac.

Monochrome Cushion Cover - Oliphant Kat

Monochrome Cushion Cover – Oliphant Kat

It’s not all about clothes, you know! Here’s a cute cushion cover made by Oliphant Kat, using a black and white cotton knit she found at a Sydney Fabric-a-brac.

Floral Dream dress - Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Floral Dream dress – Modern Vintage Cupcakes

This floral wrap dress was made by Modern Vintage Cupcakes, using vintage viyella from a Wellington Fabric-a-brac.

Floral Lampshade - Sent From My iRon

Floral Lampshade – Sent From My iRon

Back to the home furnishings, here’s a pretty floral lampshade, from Sent From My iRon, made using a Fabric-a-brac fabric find.

Floral Dress - Josie

Floral Dress – Josie

And rounding out our creations collection today is this pretty floral shift dress, made by Fabric-a-brac founder, Josie! (Doesn’t she look fab?!!)

Have you made something using things found at Fabric-a-brac? We’d love to hear about it, to include in future round-ups! Feel free to include a link to a blog post about a creation in the comments below, or email links or images through to macska at gmail dot com.

Posted by: Kat H | February 10, 2014

The next Welly Fabric-a-brac?

It’s happening in April!

From 11am – 3pm on Saturday 12 April, in fact.

We’re back at the wonderful St Annes Hall, on Emmett Street in Newtown.

Pretty fabric for sale at November 2013 Fabric-a-brac

Pretty fabric for sale at November 2013 Fabric-a-brac

Just like last time, there’ll be heaps of amazing fabric for sale, pretty buttons and trims, lots of other fabric-lovers to chat about fabric with, and a cafe stocked with homemade tasty treats and cups of tea with tables for you to sit down and happily stroke your new purchases.

November Fabric-a-brac cafe

November Fabric-a-brac cafe

The world-famous-amoungst-Wellington-fabric-lovers Hospice table will be back, piled high with all sorts of lovely fabric donations waiting to find new homes (while also raising money for the Mary Potter Hospice).

Donated fabric heading to the Hospice stall at Nov 2013 Fabric-a-brac

Donated fabric heading to the Hospice stall at Nov 2013 Fabric-a-brac

And because many of you asked for it, this time there may even be a fabric raffle or two during the day…. Keep an eye out for the info table in the entrance, where you’ll find such lovely things as raffle tickets, the sign-up sheet for our newsletter, and the pretty Fabric-a-brac magazines.

November Fabric-a-brac cafe decorations

November Fabric-a-brac cafe decorations

If you would like to have your name down for the opportunity of having a stall then please:
1. Contact us on
2. Advise what you will be selling e.g. fabric remnants, bric a brac, vintage material etc
3. Advise if you are able to provide your own table or not.
(Please note: Fabric-a-brac is for the sale of fabric remnants and sewing bric a brac, not kitsets or ready made items. The philosophy is for someone’s stash to become someone else’s treasure.)

If you’ve got some fabric (or sewing bric-a-brac) hanging around and you feel it needs a new home, we’re also accepting donations for the Hospice table – contact us on Likewise, if you love baking or cooking and want to donate some tasty treats for the cafe (which is also raising funds for Mary Potter Hospice) or want to volunteer to help out on the day, please email us – we’d love to hear from you. :-)

A happy room full of fabric lovers

A happy room full of fabric lovers

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | December 7, 2013

Make it a fabric Christmas

It’s not too late to get crafty for Christmas!

There are such wonderful ideas around – we’ve collected a few that will help use up some of your fabric/wool stash, and won’t take until Christmas 2014.

1. Fabric-backed cookie cutters. Paste fabric onto cardboard and voila.

2. Bird ornament with simple visual instructions.

3. Fabric pompom ornament. You could use any sort of fabric – it would look fantastic in a vintage green or red.

4. Embroidery hoop hanging decorations.

5. Embroidery hoop hanging decorations Mark II.

6. Pompom wrapping idea.

7. Christmas stocking with lovely embellishments.

8. Toadstool pincushion or decoration.

9. Cute felt Christmas tree.

And a gift idea we couldn’t resist – here’s a teepee pattern – what a great present! Have a wonderful Christmas all – and see you in 2014 for more fabric shopping!

teepee pattern




Posted by: Kat H | November 6, 2013

Fabric-a-brac creations

After every Fabric-a-brac, hoardes of crafty people leave happily, cradling bundles of fabric, patterns and notions, taking them to new homes where they’ll be loved.

But what happens to that fabric after that? Where do those patterns go? Do the notions ever see the light of day again??

Well, it’s time to find out! This is the start of a series, delving deep to uncover what’s been made with Fabric-a-brac finds.

Owl patterned tee by The Dreamstress

Owl patterned tee by The Dreamstress

Isn’t this owl patterned tee fabulous? It’s one of a trilogy of tees made using Fabric-a-brac fabrics, by the Dreamstress.

Tartan bag by Flossie FT

Tartan bag by Flossie FT

This super-cute bag made by Flossie FT includes includes both handles and lining fabric found at Fabric-a-brac.

Cordova jacket by Sewist Stitch

Cordova jacket by Sewist Stitch

Here’s a super-cute jacket, made using Fabric-a-brac fabric by Sewist Stitch.

1960's dress by Trees

1960’s dress by Trees

Feel like going back in time? Trees made this pretty dress using a vintage 1960’s pattern, out of fabric she scored at Fabric-a-brac.

Strangers UFO jacket by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Strangers UFO jacket by Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Following on with the shades-of-green, the Strangers UFO jacket was made from a mystery uncompleted project found at Fabric-a-brac by Modern Vintage Cupcakes.

Jumpsuit by Miriam

Jumpsuit by Miriam

This super funky jumpsuit is (surprise, surprise!) made from a Fabric-a-brac fabric find, by Miriam.

Dress by Verena

Dress by Verena

And this fabulous green dress is by Verena, also made out of Fabric-a-brac fabric.

Aren’t they all fantastic?!? Are they getting you inspired to come along to the next Fabric-a-brac and make things?

What have you made from Fabric-a-brac finds? Want your creations featured in a future post? Either post a link to a blog post about them below or send details and a photo to macska (at) gmail (dot) com.

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | October 21, 2013


16 November 2013 – Auckland’s first pre-Christmas event.

FBB poster Auckland November 2013

Fabric-a-brac Auckland is on 16 November 2013

November is definitely turning out to be a Fabric-A-Vember with Auckland taking a turn to hold a Fabric-A-Brac event on 16th November, following Wellington’s event on 9th November.

To book a stall, email .

This first pre-Christmas Fabric-A-Brac event promises to delight with plenty of modern and vintage fabric and haberdashery on offer as well as cuppas and delectable treats from Mercy Hospice.

Proceeds to go towards the charity’s work with patients and families requiring end-of-life care and support.

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | September 24, 2013

Wellington date announced!

Fabric-a-brac Wellington November 2013

Fabric-a-brac Wellington November 2013. St Anne’s Hall, Newtown, Wellington

Yup, 9 November 2013 we’ll be back in Wellington for a frenzied festival of fabric fabulousness.

We’re back at St Anne’s in Newtown for this event – in the afternoon 12noon to 4pm.

Tables are all full – so we’re really excited about what’s going to be on offer! There’ll be the usual tea and coffee and sweet treats to raise money for Mary Potter Hospice. And a whole table, or two, or three, also dedicated to fundraise for this worthy cause.

Any questions email

And spread the word!

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | September 12, 2013

Media star

Go Caroline! We are really looking forward to Taranaki.
newspaper article

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | September 4, 2013

Naki – here we come

Fabric-a-brac is off to the Naki for the first time, at the beginning of October.

Pack your crafty bags and gather your projects and head on a girlie crafty road trip across to New Plymouth for the inaugural FBB New Plymouth.

We’ve collated some ideas on things to do when you’re not at Fabric-a-brac – with all those op shops should be enough to keep you occupied for a day or two!

Email us if you’d like a table, or just forward the news on to all your crafty mates. Thanks to Carolyn, our Fabric-a-brac coordinator in New Plymouth for all her organising and hard work.

Exciting stuff – see you there!

Posted by: fabric-a-brac | August 13, 2013

Down low…

We’ve been on the down-low.

There’s been a lot happening, and not all good unfortunately, with a bereavement and serious injuries for loved ones. :(

Fabric-a-brac news is mixed – the lovely Vanessa and Stephanie from Auckland and Brisbane respectively have had to pull out of organising, for personal reasons. So these two events are on hold for now – if you have an interest in running these DO get in touch with us!

On the positive, we are getting geared up for the first event in Taranaki in early October. We have a feeling that there is going to be some amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzing finds dug up out of the closets of New Plymouthians and beyond. So if you haven’t already put it in the diary for a girlie road trip.

Wellington dates are still being confirmed – we have a hugely enthusiastic group of gals who are keen to make this event happen. If you think you might have some skills that might help us – esp when it comes to PR and Marketing, let us know.

We’ll be back soon for more. Promise. I leave you with a lovely little fabric inspector from our Palmy fabric-a-brac last year.

Fabric hunters start early these days.

Fabric hunters start early these days.



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